For the second straight game, a Washington Commanders game turned on its head thanks to a muffed punt from the opposing team. In Week 6, the Commanders capitalized after the Bears’ Velus Jones’ Jr. fumbled a return deep in Chicago territory. In Week 7, rookie Percy Butler pounced on a Amari Rodgers gaffe.
The recovery set Washington up with a 1st and 10 inside the red zone. They offense only managed a field goal after Taylor Heinicke overthrew a goal line fade to Cole Turner on 3rd and goal from the the three-yard line.
While a disappointing end to a momentum-changing turnover, the FG marked Washington’s first points of the game so it wasn’t a total failure.
The real story of the play, though, was Percy Butler, who showed great instincts to corral the loose football. Is it crazy to say the recovery might not have been Butler’s most memorable moment from Sunday?
After the game, the former Louisiana Rajin’ Cajun was spotted running around the sidelines with a cheesehead hat; a staple of Packers culture.
This incredible video shows how Butler got his hands on the headgear.
Commanders’ Percy Butler traded his game-worn gloves for a cheesehead from a Packers fan.
That’s how you negotiate! And credit to these Packers fans for being on board with the unlikely swap. If you think about it, they probably have several cheeseheads lying around at home, so this exchange was likely an easy call for them.
Either way, players “stealing” cheeseheads is quietly becoming a the norm around the league. Last week, Jets rookie phenom Sauce Gardner somehow stumbled across a cheesehead after New York’s upset win at Lambeau Field. Gardner’s excessive celebrating didn’t sit well with Packers receiver Allen Lazard, who knocked it off Gardner’s head as the players entered the tunnel.
Here are some other snapshots and clips of Butler repping the cheesehead.
Does anyone think Butler shared his new souvenir?
Judging by that smile, there’s no way he’s sharing it.
In all seriousness, it’s great to see Butler celebrate the win. If you remember, seventh-round pick Christian Holmes recovered Velus Jones’ muffed punt in Week 6 so the Commanders’ rookies are coming up huge on special teams despite not having a big role on defense early on.
The Packers, meanwhile, better be careful. If they continue losing games (they’ve dropped three in a row after a 3-1 start) more players will hop on the cheesehead bandwagon. Should that happen, let’s hope they take a page out of Butler’s playbook and negotiate an item swap, whether it be gloves, cleats or even a jersey.